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The DC Line: The DC Council begins its final budget-making deliberations

July 8, 2021
Children's Law Center represents the best interests of hundreds of children in foster care, as well as representing foster parents and relative caregivers of children who are in or at risk of entering DC's child welfare system. While we commend DC's Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) for significant recent progress, we also recognize that CFSA cannot meet the needs of DC's foster kids alone. To that end, we have advocated the DC Council to establish the Office of the Ombudsperson for Children.

The DC Line: Mayor vs. Council: The struggle over funding and the breakup of DCRA

June 30, 2021
For years, Children's Law Center and other housing advocates have called on the D.C. Council to pass the Department of Buildings Establishment Act and create a tenant-focused agency that would meaningfully enforce housing code violations where the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) has consistently failed. The Council has passed the bill, voted to override the Mayor's veto of it, and now has the opportunity to fund it in the District's FY22 budget.
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A father's fight for his daughter's education

June 15, 2021
Every day we partner with caring fathers, grandfathers and father figures like Mr. Sorto, whose concern about his daughter’s struggles with distance learning made him determined to get her the educational support she needed.
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The Imprint: Washington, D.C., Finally Exits Decades-Long Court Battle Over Foster Care

June 2, 2021
Children's Law Center represents the best interests of hundreds of children in foster care, as well as representing foster parents and relative caregivers of children who are in or at risk of entering DC's child welfare system. While we commend DC's Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) for significant recent progress, we also recognize that CFSA cannot meet the needs of DC's foster kids alone.

Celebrating DC's Women this Mother's Day

April 27, 2021
The pandemic took a toll on families everywhere -- parents and caregivers working double-duty to keep their children learning while balancing jobs. This Mother's Day, you can recognize a mom, grandmom or other woman in your life who did so much more to support their families this past year. Moms like Ms. Erica Chance.

WebMD Health News: Lost in Translation: Language Barriers Hinder Vaccine Access

April 23, 2021
Ensuring language access to COVID-19 vaccinations and other critical pandemic information is essential to any public health campaign. CLC Senior Supervising Attorney Kathy Zeisel and Healthy Together Investigator Laura Camarata spoke with Brenda Goodman of WebMD Health News to share how our non-English-speaking clients experienced difficulties overcoming language access barriers on the District's pre-registration online portal, and accessing COVID-19 resources generally.

Bearing Witness

April 21, 2021
To our Children's Law Center community: As my colleagues and I reflect on yesterday’s verdicts, we’re experiencing a range of emotions. Just as the guilty verdicts were read, a Black child – this time a 16-year-old girl in foster care in Ohio – was also killed by police. Instead of sharing a more formal statement, I thought it might be better to forward the email I sent to colleagues this morning. I hope you and your families are also taking time to reflect and understand each of our roles in this continual fight for justice.

DCist: D.C. Wasted Hundreds Of Permanent Housing Voucher Subsidies Last Year

April 12, 2021
Having access to stable, healthy housing is always important -- but never more than during a public health emergency. That's why we believe it is disappointing and frustrating that the District's housing agencies did not use hundreds of its permanent housing vouchers last year to place children and families in the homes they need.

The Washington Post: D.C. says long-awaited translation of vaccine website is coming this weekend

April 9, 2021
Children's Law Center Senior Supervising Attorney Kathy Zeisel and Investigator Laura Camarata spoke with Julie Zauzmer of The Washington Post to stress the need for DC Health to make its vaccination program language accessible in multiple languages to ensure an effective public health campaign and equity.